I recently went to Vegas to play poker tournaments and celebrate my 70th birthday. I had a wonderful four full days there after flying in on Wednesday, and flying home on Monday. When I travel to tournaments, like my monthly trip up to New Hampshire, my main meal of the day is breakfast and I like to eat it in diners. Before going I did some web searching and found a couple that I checked out with people who lived out there on another forum.
Thursday morning I went to Vickie's Diner at 953 E Sahara Ave before going to play a $75.00 tourney at the Horseshoe on the strip. I was staying at Harrah's so I took the monorail up to the Sahara, and then walked the one and a quarter mile to Vickie's. It was a cold walk with the heavy wind making the upper forties temperature feel like it was in the twenties. I had my fall and spring jacket but was wishing that I'd hauled my parka along for the trip.
It is much larger than this picture shows because I wanted to use a picture with both the counter and some of the comfortable booths. The atmosphere was just like a diner is supposed to be, friendly and warm. The service was wonderful, and my coffee mug never reached the half full mark before the waitress topped it off.
I love homefries with my poached eggs on wheat toast with sausage, and they were the best that I have ever had. The waitress told me that they first cook the potato and then slice it relatively thin, before cooking it on the grill to your choice of crisp or soft. I went with the soft, and they were more than happy to add a generous helping of onions on them upon my request. When asked how I wanted my poached eggs cooked I told them that I wanted the whites cooked fully with the yolk runny inside, and they were perfect.
If you enjoy getting away from the strip, and it's prices, for your meals you won't be disappointed with anything at Vickie's Diner.
Friday, the morning of my birthday, I was planning to have a nice dinner so I got up early and at 8:30am I walked over to Caesar's to play their 10:00am tournament. I figured that would give me enough time afterwards to go back to Harrah's, put on a dress, fix my face, and catch an Uber so I'd be at Herbs & Rye (3713 W Sahara Ave) for my 6:45 reservation. Everything worked perfectly!
When I arrived at 6:30pm there were five or six parties waiting ahead of me for tables, it was after all "happy hour" from opening at 5pm to closing at 3am. The steaks were at half price which made the price a little more within my budget.
Since my friend who was supposed to dine with me couldn't make it, and I didn't want to take up a table by myself, I asked the hostess if I could eat in the bar. She said that I certainly could and to tell the head bartender that I'd had a reservation.
The bar was full as well, so he told me it wouldn't be long and gave me a menu. The decor was dark wood that gave the room a warm feeling, and the wooden bar must have been a good 30" wide so there was plenty of room for plates and baskets of delicious bread. The ten minute or so wait flew by as I read about all the traditional cocktails they specialize in, and before I knew it I was seated at the bar, ordered an old fashioned, and the 16oz ribeye with sweet potato tots.
The steak was absolutely delicious and was seasoned perfectly, and the sweet potato tots were excellent. They don't skimp on the drinks, and my old fashioned had wonderful taste and lasted through the meal. I was too full for dessert, but before I tipped the bartender and left I asked about the pair of boxing gloves that were hanging from a shelf high above the bar. They were a memento, like you'll find in many establishments, and had an interesting story to go with them.
People in Las Vegas are lucky to have an establishment like Herbs & Rye in town, and it is definitely the place for a romantic evening enjoying one of their classic cocktails, along with a fine meal. The bartenders pour with a heavy hand and the drinks are large.
Herbs & Rye Menu and Website - as of 3/20/2023
Specialties: Specializing in the craft of the cocktail with all hand pressed juices a large selection of great spirits, House made bitters etc. These are just some of the few compliments to Help the barmen behind the stick at Herbs and Rye. Excellent Italian cuisine, Steaks, Chops and Tuscan...
Saturday was going to be a big day with breakfast at Lou's Diner (431 S Decatur Blvd), a 10am tournament at South Point casino, and meeting my friend for drinks there at six. Uber was going to do well by me that day.
All good diners are busy on Saturday mornings, and Lou's is definitely not an exception to that rule. I got there early so that I could snag a booth and it was nice and comfortable. Along with the menu and my mug of coffee, the waitress placed a small plate with four samples of their homemade jams and two or three packs of crackers. I ate the two in the foreground and the were absolutely divine. Hindsight is twenty twenty and I wish that I'd picked up a jar of the tropical blend one. Well now I'll have
to go back to Vegas again.
The eggs were good but were cooked through so if you like them runny as I do it would be a good thing to mention when ordering. They had no problem at all with adding some onions upon request but, at least for me, they were a little stingy with them. I'm probably a little unusual as I really like onions and will even eat them on their own and not as an addition to another food.
The homefries were tasty for a little dry for me, which isn't unusual with most of the diners I've ever been to. I think that next time I'll have the hash browns because they looked delicious.
Lou's is a nice diner with a family atmosphere and it is definitely on my list anytime that I'm in town.
Lou's Diner Menu & Website - as of 3/20/2023
Specialties: We are open for over 40 years and famous for great comfort food and reasonable prices. Lou's Diner is truly a place where you are always feel welcomed and right at home! We always have daily specials. Come and try our homemade chicken noodle soup on Tuesdays and Sundays, and...
I hope that I haven't bored you with this essay but I tend to drone on and on sometimes.
I'll follow up later on with my experiences at the poker tournaments and some other gambling
that I did. Until that time have yourselves a wonderful day!